Providence St. Mary Medical Center is located at 401 W. Poplar Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509.525.3320; visit their website. Read the entire Tremco and Xero Flor America Press Release Providence St. Mary Medical Center Greens Up with First Green Roof in Walla Walla, Wash. The Providence St. Mary Medical Center is included as a case study in the 23:18 video A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart from Greenroofs.com’s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design.
Providence St. Mary Medical Center, a 142-bed regional hospital located in Walla Walla, Washington, is the fourth largest employer in Walla Walla County. The Providence Medical Group is the largest group of primary care providers and specialists in the area. St. Mary is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, Providence affiliated with Swedish Health Service. With this affiliation, the combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 400 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. The combined health systems employ more than 64,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington – with its system office located in Renton, Washington.
Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance and Xero Flor America (XFA), LLC announced the completion of a green roof at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. The Tremco Roofing Sedum Mat System, with components supplied by Xero Flor, was installed on a 10,000-square-foot section over the Operating Suites on the Medical Center’s new 16,000-square-foot structural roof.
“Providence St. Mary Medical Center needed to replace this roof and researched the benefits of adding a vegetated roof. This roof replacement approach doubled the life of the new roof membrane and provided other benefits as well,” said Larry Baer, CHFM, CHSP, CHC, director of facilities, Providence St. Mary Medical Center. “Air temperature reduction in the summer months, sustainable management of stormwater, and an enhanced patient experience all contributed to our decision to install a green roof.”
In selecting a green roof system for the project, St. Mary and its architect, Mahlum Architects, Portland, Oregon, considered immediate visual impact, ease of installation and low maintenance. The Family Birthing Center and the west side of the Intensive Care Unit look out on the green roof. Thus, an instant green roof featuring extensive vegetative coverage with mature, full-grown plants for immediate beauty was a priority. In consideration of patient privacy concerns, a green roof that could be installed quickly and require minimal maintenance was also preferable. To reduce any potential for disrupting patient care, Enviroscapes Northwest, Inc., Portland, OR, the green roof installer for the project, worked only in limited, designated hours.
“We utilize Xero Flor pre-vegetated mat technology because it has a 40-year track record of successful applications on green roofs worldwide,” said Elizabeth Hart, sustainable roofing specialist, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance. “Their vegetated mats are the only ones Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Certified CM for environmental sustainability.”
“The pre-vegetative mats are grown for a full 9-12 months on independent, local farms, so the plants are mature and adapted to the regional climates where they are installed. Using local horticultural suppliers supports local economies, reduces the costs of shipping, and decreases the carbon footprint,” said Clayton Rugh, Ph.D., general manager and technical director, Xero Flor America (XFA). “And all the components for projects in the U.S.A. are 100 percent manufactured in the U.S.”